5 reasons to come down to the Regent Park Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 7:00!

1) We have some amazing local farmers selling fresh, local produce! Dunbar Organic Farm has beautiful kale, beets and salad mix every week. Our neighbours at Cultivate TO sell produce grown on their rooftop garden including peppers and leafy greens. The local youth with Green Thumbs Growing Kids bring incredible stir-fry mix, cucumbers and a wealth of knowledge about urban farming.

2) Live music EVERY week as part of the 2014 Daniels Spectrum Summer Series made possible thanks to the generous support of two anonymous donors. Some of our latest musical talents have included: Inspired Souls, Bradley James and COBA.

3) Sweet treats from Karine’s Treats with vegan and gluten free goodies, and Fazla’s Cakehouse serving up delicious cake pops!

4) We welcome some wonderful local entrepreneurs including Mombasa Flavour, Ethiopian Samosas, The Smoke Bloke with amazing smoked salmon as well as Lemon Lily Tea (with a retail store opening soon at Dundas and Ontario!)

5) Friendly neighbours and smiling faces are always in season at the Regent Park Farmers’ Market!

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Goodbye Summer, See you next year!

It’s been a great first season for the Farmers’ Market pilot in Regent Park. Our roster of vendors has grown from our original start-up crew to include some new farmer and chef vendors. We are so grateful to all the community members who came out each week to see what was cooking!

Thank you to all the vendors, including the most recent addition “Half Pint Farm” for coming all the way from Peterborough on the GO train to bring us the fruits of their farm-the apples were delicious! Footsteps Farm and Red Pocket Farm have been alternating weeks in September to keep the produce flowing, and we were very lucky to have Natalie Fedchak and her daughter Victoria, from Greenwood Farm, keep us fed and provide us with sweet smelling soaps!

It was hard to say goodbye to the fruit season, but when school started it was time for Kar-Dean to go back to their teaching jobs. Wicklow Way amazed all summer with their great certified organic choices, Highmark Farm always got a smile with Zach’s jokes, and BeGood Gelato really knew how to keep us cool. DeLaTerre Bakery, Fresh City Farm, Ontario Cheese, Southern Horizons, all will be back again next year with products you know and love and the determination to maintain real food and fun in Regent Park, for everyone.

Thank you also to Fish Shak, the Incredible Spice Chef – Sanjiz Matthews, Rhoma, Simply Buds, Fathima’s Kitchen, Sally’s Spring Rolls and Council Fire for the prepared foods and for supporting our farmers by incorporating local ingredients into your recipes. And a big thanks to Paintbox Bistro for providing us with tasty refreshments and support for our community cooks. Thank you to Wali for kicking the Market off with fresh coconut water and mouthwatering corn, and to all our wonderful volunteers for helping out!

Local musical and live art performances at the Market included the Mandela Kids, ArtHeart, Arts for Children and Youth, Ernest and the Market Ramblers, Regent Park School of Music Fiddlers and Baobab Afrikan Arts. We look forward to more performances next summer.

Expect great things from your market in 2014. We will continue to welcome the community to help shape the Market and look for ways to keep great food and fun flowing. Want to get involved? We are always looking for volunteers, performers, growers and cooks from Regent Park and beyond. Please check our website next spring for updates and how to get involved in the Market!

 

Not your average farmers’ market: Regent Park market opens Wednesday

Not your average farmers’ market: Regent Park market opens Wednesday

The Regent Park Farmers' Market officially opens on Wed. July 3, 2013.

The Regent Park Farmers’ Market officially opens on Wed. July 3, 2013. David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images

TORONTO – The newest farmers’ market to hit Toronto streets officially opens Wednesday. While there is no shortage of farmers markets in the city – over 40 and counting - this one, located in Canada’s largest housing project, promises to offer more than just fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Regent Park Farmers’ Market began as a pilot project in June, a partnership between the Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing.

The market will feature fresh, local food every Wednesday from 3 to 7pm until October 30.

Like similar markets around the city, this one aims to boost the local food movement and provide a space where residents can buy healthy, affordable food.

But organizers say this farmers’ market is unique.

Regent Park is the country’s oldest and largest social housing project. Characterized for decades by drug crimes and gang violence, a plan to revitalize Regent Park officially began in 2003 when the city endorsed the blueprint for a new Regent Park. Demolition began in 2006.

Since then, the plan has gone through numerous phases aimed at transforming the once isolated neighbourhood into a mixed-use, mixed-income community for more than 12,500 residents.

The latest phase of the revitalization plan has focused on youth forums, park space, new sports facilities, a cultural centre and employment opportunities.

Fruits and vegetables are sold from small plot urban growers and rooftop gardeners. The market also features vendors from the Regent Park community – something organizers say is the defining feature of the Regent Park market.

Regent Park’s local restaurant, Paintbox Bistro, will open the doors to its kitchen each week to the local vendors so they can prepare the items they sell at the market, free of charge. The restaurant will also help residents launch start-up businesses.

In addition to fresh produce, residents will sell halal meats, curries, samosas, breads and pastries, cheeses and spices, and more.

The market’s grand opening takes place Wednesday on Regent Par k Boulevard, south of Dundas Street East, with a ribbon cutting at 3:30pm.

 
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TORONTO, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ – Regent Park’s newest community initiative kicked off today with the opening of the Regent Park Farmers‘ Market. This unique market is shaping up to be a new kind of Farmers’ Market for Toronto. A joint pilot project
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Media Release: Regent Park Farmers’ Market brings even more freshness to revitalized community

Weekly market brings local produce, artisan goods, and family-friendly fun

TORONTO, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ – Regent Park’s newest community initiative kicked off today with the opening of the Regent Park Farmers’ Market.

This unique market is shaping up to be a new kind of Farmers’ Market for Toronto. A joint pilot project launched in partnership between The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing, the market offers locally grown fresh produce and artisanal foods to residents and visitors of this downtown east neighbourhood, which is currently undergoing one of the largest revitalizations in North America.

The Market brings together small plot growers and artisan food purveyors with local farmers to offer residents and visitors the best summer produce, baked goods, spices, cheeses, flowers and more, all in the heart of Regent Park.

Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Eugene Jones Jr. and The Daniels Corporation Vice-President Martin Blake joined residents, local vendors and visitors at the grand opening, which featured a drumroll and a garden-inspired style ribbon cutting.

“Toronto Community Housing is committed to building vibrant communities. We are proud to work with our partners to create yet another reason to come to Regent Park,” Mr. Jones said.  “The Farmers’ Market will benefit people living in Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods. It is one more way revitalization is helping to make Toronto a great place to live.”

Paintbox Bistro Chefs Patrick Wiese and Tallis Voakes highlighted market ingredients by shopping the Market and having a live cook-off right on-site. The chefs distributed samples and recipe cards for market-goers. Paintbox Bistro has committed its kitchen for free use by resident vendor start-ups for the preperation of their own dishes for sale at the market. It is anticipated that some resident vendors will take up residence at Paintbox Bistro as part of the inaugural food incubator businesses. Paintbox Bistro will participate in the market throughout the season with fresh fruit smoothies and other tasty fare.

“Our commitment to Regent Park has always gone much deeper than the bricks and mortar of the buildings,” said Mr. Blake. “We are devoted to helping launch and nurture local businesses that have the potential to reward multiple generations through economic opportunities, healthier lifestyle choices, and community engagement. By supporting this initiative, we continue to add to the incredible urban agriculture story unfolding in Regent Park. The Regent Park Farmers’ Market is both a wonderful place for foodies and families alike, and it’s quickly becoming a destination for Torontonians.”

Local vendors such as Arman Farmers’ Market with the ‘best barbecued corn-on-the-cob in the GTA’, Simply Buds with fresh baked tarts and Fathima’s Tasty Treats with local favourite chicken biryani will be feeding hungry visitors throughout the summer. Music and artistic performances by local talent will help make the Regent Park Farmers’ Market a family destination every Wednesday from 3 to 7 pm until October 2013.

“Building a business is as much about relationships as it is about food, maybe more,” said Mary-Ann Kalalang, an aspiring pastry chef and Regent Park resident. “Participation in the Farmers’ Market gets my product into the hands of consumers and helps build my business, while giving me an ideal way to build new relationships and maintain existing ones, all close to home and surrounded by people who share the same vision of what life should be like.”

From a position at the vanguard of the locavore movement in the GTA, the Regent Park Farmers’ Market helps nurture the community by bringing the freshest locally farmed produce to the downtown core, and providing new business opportunities for residents.Visit www.regentparkfarmersmarket.ca for more information.

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Vendors

Regent Park Market vendors feature a great variety of vegetables, fruits and amazing food options. Local Growers include Green Thumbs Growing Kids, Dunbar Organic Farm and Cultivate TO. Other new vendors this year include, the Smoke Bloke, Fazla’s Cake house, Ethiopian Samosas, Mombasa Flavor, Treats by Karine and Lemon Lily Tea. Each week we are joined by local talent who will inspire and entertain us!